8 essential tips on how to crop your photos for more interesting compositions

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Crop your photos, why?

Cropping your photos is what can make the difference between framing and composition.
This is because framing is the action of taking the photo itself, a step that is certainly fundamental, but never the last in the process of taking a good photo.

The icing on the cake is represented by the composition, an act in which what we have photographed is highlighted through the composition.

The latter is an art with precise rules that derive from the artistic world of painting and are one of the "few" things that electronics and artificial intelligences still cannot do like a human.
What are the rules of composing and cropping photos? 

Precautions that can really make the difference in the final result

But what are the rules of composition? What are the precautions to pay attention to? Discover 8 tricks for cropping your photos that can really make a difference in how the final subject turns out.

Even the best photos can be ruined if they aren't cropped correctly. It's easy to get carried away with cropping as you can take away more and more of what might seem like an unnecessary part of the image. This can quickly lead to too much cropping. Or the opposite can happen if you're worried about taking away too much. Believe it or not, sometimes even professionals need tips to crop their photos better. So here are 8 tips to better crop your photos so you avoid making mistakes.

8 essential tips for cropping your photos

#1 Racconta la storia dello scatto nella sua interezza

If you immortalize a moment or an action, never make the mistake of cutting out something that is a fundamental part of it.

The context of the photo, the action, must remain completely understandable even after the cropping operation.

#2 It's all or nothing

This is almost a continuation or extension of the previous point, among the basic rules of how to crop your photo there is also that of removing those objects or details present partially. Unless your intent is to create a "photobomb", always remember the primary design rule "less is more".

#3 The right height

When cropping a subject you should also pay close attention to the observer's point of view. It is therefore essential to crop so that at a "standard" viewing distance of the photo everything is visible in a harmonious manner. The framed subject must therefore be of the right size within the background and placed in the correct viewing area of the background. Don't forget another essential rule of design, that of the correct management of empty spaces.

#4 Cropping doesn't always have to "centralize"

Placing the subject inside the photo is not necessarily the best possible setting for the photo. So let's go back to the rule of thirds explained above and the fact that a crop where the main subject is not the central figure can really be an action that transforms and highlights your photo.

#5 Cut yes, but with knowledge

Never create a crop that gives a cropped effect. Don't crop fingers, ears or the tip of your nose in your profile photos. If you have to cut out the subject's legs and arms, try to do it in a natural way, avoiding the cut being right at the extremities or joints.

#6 Don't worry, you can cut the mistakes away

The composition of the photo has among its many advantages and prerogatives the possibility of correcting errors during the shooting phase.
If at that stage you missed something, or on the contrary it remained inside the shot, nothing better than removing it now.

#7 Ritaglia “in serie”

If your shot is part of a series, collection, or photo album, try to apply the same cropping rules to all shots if possible. Just as the shot is taken on a "coherent" set, the same thing must also happen for the composition.

#8 It's not just about angles

Just because the majority of photos are square or horizontal doesn't mean the same thing has to happen for every crop. A particular portrait might be highlighted by an oval or round shape, a format that you shouldn't have too much trouble using when necessary.

8 essential tips for cropping your photos, to conclude

Not just a corrective, the action of cropping and composition, if well mastered, can also be a system to give greater quality and value to the photo itself. From this point of view, digital "postproduction" is ideal, because it allows you to experiment and retrace your steps without any kind of problem.
So don't have any particular problems experimenting with the various cropping techniques, you may be pleasantly surprised by the result obtained.

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